Old 07-31-2017, 10:03 PM   #1
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Default I Get The Rule of Thirds, but....

I know all about RP.net and it's insistence on the rule of thirds, but the whole point of this one surely has to be central. Or have I got it very wrong?

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Old 07-31-2017, 11:30 PM   #2
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Hello Graham,
do you have a little more material between the wheels and bottom edge? Not sure, but maybe they want that. And by the way nice shot, makes Appetite to visit that Museum.

Hope the photo Comes in!
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Old 07-31-2017, 11:45 PM   #3
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I agree with putting just a little more in the foreground (not much more!) The style of photo you posted is known as "symmetrical," and it's very effective. One of my favorites when it can be pulled off. The problem with RP infatuation with "rule of thirds" is it gives their content a boring sameness, and stifles creativity. The only real rule I have for photos is, "Does it engage me emotionally?"


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Yes, ignore the letter of the rule, what they mean is the composition is off. (To them)

The wide angle lens distortion is making the shot about buffers, not the contents of the museum.

Do you have Lightroom? Use the Lens Correction and Transform modules to bring the chimney forward and shove the buffers back. If you have PS, do lens corrections there.

Get rid of the distortion and then I think the screener will give his blessing.
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I personally like the shot, but the one thing I think the screeners might be holding against it is the ceiling. Since the arch of the ceiling isn't centered with the engine it does give it a little bit of an unbalanced feeling to me.
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Both Dennis & PK have good points. Looking again, I think it might be tilted just a tiny bit (1 degree?) to the right? I could be wrong.


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Looking again, I think it might be tilted just a tiny bit (1 degree?) to the right? I could be wrong.
'tisn't. The engine actually leans slightly left (viewer's POV).

And 1 degree is more than tiny!
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I see what you're trying to do here, I feel it could have been shot at a more interesting angle which probably would have fit rule of thirds.

However, there are plenty of examples of shots like this getting on. Nothing about yours particularly stands out. Also I feel the background subjects are not terribly in focus or well lit.

I have not had much luck shooting in museums. I never like the results and don't submit them usually.
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Yes, ignore the letter of the rule, what they mean is the composition is off. (To them)

The wide angle lens distortion is making the shot about buffers, not the contents of the museum.

Do you have Lightroom? Use the Lens Correction and Transform modules to bring the chimney forward and shove the buffers back. If you have PS, do lens corrections there.

Get rid of the distortion and then I think the screener will give his blessing.
Thanks Dennis. I used another exposure, took your advice and then resubmitted. It was accepted this time.

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Well done!
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